North Korea puts to death its vice premier

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North Korea puts to death its vice premier

SEOUL (APP): North Korea has put to death a vice premier and sent two other officials away for re-education, South Korea said Wednesday, following media reports of a high profile execution in the secretive state.

"Vice premier for education Kim Yong-Jin was executed," Seoul's unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee told reporters at a regular press briefing.

Kim was killed by a firing squad in July as "an anti-party, anti-revolutionary agitator," said an official at the ministry, who wished to remain anonymous.

The ministry said two other senior officials had to undergo re-education sessions. One of them was Kim Yong-Chol, a top official in charge of inter-Korean affairs.